“One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn’t do you any good.” – Abe Lemons You might ask, “Who was Abe Lemons to make such a claim?” Well, Abe Lemons is an Oklahoman who put Oklahoma City University on the map – basketball wise. He was also the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1977 and was named the National Basketball Coach of the year in 1978. The man ranked 5th among the winningest active collegiate coaches. He had a little experience, I think! The WWII veteran had a perspective on life… Read more »

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What lock out? College ball is not far away and watching the building of teams is exciting – there are so many combinations of strong players being set that strong championship contenders are not a sure slam dunk for any one team. Some graduating seniors left holes that are being filled with big shoes like Andre Drummond joining UCon. On ESPN, Coach Jim Calhoun said his team is more talented right now than last season’s. Big statement. You know that players who are making names for themselves today in college ball were kids spending hours drilling and shooting baskets –… Read more »

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In the heat of a basketball game, low post moves can account for baskets and scores that mean the difference between winning – and losing. Being ready if an opportunity arises takes a good “basketball sense” but also by having prepared for the eventuality that you know will come. The Low Post Moves Drill is a great way to prepare and to learn new moves on your Goalrilla Goal Basketball home court. If you have someone who can toss the ball to you, that’s great. If not, a wall can serve that purpose so this is one drill you can… Read more »

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Rebounding is a big part of a basketball game. Coaches want players to grab the ball with both hands, power through and maintain a good well-balanced and stable body position. The Backboard Ball Touches Rebounding Drill does all that and more. All you need is a basketball and the basketball goal. Players of all sizes can be successful with this drill with the height adjustable Goalrilla Goal Basketball goal. It adjusts from 7.5 to 10 feet so players of all sizes can practice this drill for intermediate and advanced level players. The Basketball Goal Store is the largest on-line retailer… Read more »

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Ah, patience. Beginning basketball players usually don’t have any, do they? That’s one of the reasons why drills are so good for beginners and drills with shooting elements – well that just makes their hearts race. Because in the beginning, basketball is all about shooting baskets and little else. Parents tell us all the time how excited kids are to make baskets and how the Goalrilla Goal is great for everyone in the family because you can adjust the height of the hoop. That’s one of the first things we hear about when we answer the phone at the Basketball… Read more »

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If you have ever heard mothers of very young children when said child has a drinking cup in front of him, you will undoubtedly hear, “Use two hands” as they allow the child to drink on his own. The same can be said when it comes to passing in basketball. Use both hands. Two hand passes come in a variety of forms, but mastering the fundamentals of all of them will result in peak performance on all basketball courts, even the Goalrilla Goal Basket Goal court you have at home. Let’s look at the fundamentals of a Two Hand Bounce Pass.… Read more »

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The One-Minute Mid-Range Shooting Challenge is just that for intermediate and advanced players. But for beginners, it can be modified to be a great all-around drill to work on several different skills: Shooting skills from both corners, wings, the free throw line and lay ups. Catch and pivot skills Dribbling and not traveling For starters, as a beginner’s coach, eliminate the one-minute goal. The goal for beginners with this drill is to: become as proficient as possible. take and make only one shot in each position. build solid fundamental footwork and shooting position skills. Since beginners are usually younger and… Read more »

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Healthier habits – isn’t that what we want for all our kids? You just don’t know what it meant to me to hear that Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player, Kevin Durant, said: “I could eat a lot better… This past year, I was really big on eating a lot of foods with vegetables. That’s all I really ate this past year was foods with vegetables. I’m trying to stay away from red meats and the fast food as much as I can, even though it’s tempting.” Finally!! A message for all our kids (and us, too, truth be told). Durant… Read more »

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We are back to good fundamentals with the Wall and Ball Two Hand Pass Drill. Playing basketball looks so easy when you’re sitting in the stands. But for players, good players, that easy look is developed through practice and concentration on mastering fundamental skills. This drill will help you do that. All you need is a basketball and a wall (with no windows!). Combine this drill with a one-minute shooting drill around the court and in square in front of your Goalrilla Goal Basketball Goal and you will have a complete practice in your driveway or on your home court.… Read more »

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“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On twenty-six occasions I have been entrusted to take the game’s winning shot … and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan To put success and the ultimate career achievements of Michael Jordan into perspective – he’s human. He has, indeed, made a remarkable imprint on the game of basketball and inspired countless up-and-coming stars and young ballers starting out. But, in his own words, he has also had… Read more »

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At this writing, 41 professional NBA basketball players are crossing the pond to go balling outside of America. Some are long-term deals, some have opt-out provisions. Is it smart? On one hand, the basketball players leaving the states during the ever-continuing lock-out will be playing in a competitive forum and keeping their skills hot. That’s not to say that many of the professionals are not going full out in their own private practice sessions, but it’s just not the same. When you are practicing at game-like intensity against the best in the business – that’s skill-honing. Driving hard, drilling three-pointers,… Read more »

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Eliminate the bob and gallop for your beginner with a good defensive drill like the Wall Ball and Slide Defensive Drill. Gearing the drill down to a beginner level is easy. The main concentration for beginners is staying in the stance with a forceful drive and recover pattern. Concentrate on a few key elements: Stay down in the defensive stance – keep the head level and butt down to prevent bobbing and galloping. Drive and recover – keep the underhand toss of the ball not too high and with enough force to prevent it from bouncing on the ground. Stay… Read more »

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Just about everyone favors one hand over another. There are two camps: those full of right-handers and those with the left-handers. On the basketball court that usually means that one hand is stronger than the other. But there is a great drill to develop strength in whichever side is your weaker side while developing ball handling and wraparound passing skills. That is the Wall and Ball Wrap Around Bounce Pass Drill. The player will need three things: a solid brick or concrete wall (no windows!) a basketball the pad off your Goalrilla Goal Basketball Hoop to stand in as a mock… Read more »

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For beginners and intermediate players, mastering the fundamentals of passing is crucial to building a team on the court. Develop that passing proficiency and confidence with the Wall and Ball Two Hand Chest Pass Drill. All you need is a wall (with no windows) and a basketball. Combine this drill with a drill shooting baskets on your Goalrilla Goal Basketball Goal in your driveway or on your home court. (With answers to all your questions and the best equipment available, the Basketball Goal Store is the place to go for your Goalrilla Goal Basketball system.) Players can engage in an independent routine of… Read more »

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Adding challenge to practice drills develops skills for players, especially advanced players who have a good grasp of the fundamentals. All of us here at the Basketball Goal Store know that the fundamentals are important, but refining skills is the focus of practice for advanced players. A good ball handling drill for advanced players that offers some challenge is the Six Chair Garden Gloves Dribbling Drill. Six folding chairs are set up in two rows. Each row is 10 feet apart and each chair in each of the rows is 10 feet apart. The player will dribble twice between chairs… Read more »

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One of the best things about having that Goalrilla Basketball Goal backyard court is that when you really work hard at practice drills and are really tired, all you have to do is walk indoors. You don’t have to collect up your gear, walk to the car, drive home and lug everything into the house.   With the wide selection of Goalrilla Basketball Goals at the Basketball Goal Store, every family can find the size and features they want in their Goalrilla Goal at a great price and get it delivered quickly. One of the drills that can really wear the players out is the Spot-Up Shooting Drill.… Read more »

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Not every home practice drill for basketball has to take place on your backyard court. For some, you don’t need the premium, in-ground Goalrilla Basketball Goal. But here in the basketball-crazy state of Indiana from where the Basketball Goal Store operates, we know that after the drills are done, it’s just fun to get a pick-up game together or just throw some free throws. There’s nothing as soothing as listening to the twap-twap, twap of a basketball dribbling or the swish of all net. But back to on-court performance and becoming a great player: Driving to get into position on… Read more »

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You can run the height on the Goalrilla Goal Basketball Goal in your home court all the way up to the 10-foot maximum because you won’t need the basketball or hoop for this drill. (Just keep it handy for a some practice some baskets if you have the energy left when you’re done with this drill.) Two aspects of playing basketball are critical: skills and endurance. Every player needs to have solid fundamental skills to really be good on the court and making good use of the basketball goal. You know the players that are great – until the end of the game when they just run… Read more »

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In so many sports, including basketball, the ability to change direction and really drive earmarks a great player. You hear comments like, “He was all over me – no matter where I turned, he was there!” You like to be the “he” in that statement. Getting between your opponent and his teammates or the basketball goal means you interfere with the team’s ability to score – and maybe even put you or someone on your team in a position to reverse position of the ball – results are frenzied screams from the bleachers … and maybe even wins on the record books.… Read more »

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An NBA basketball game is set at 4 quarters – 12 minutes each for a total of 48 minutes of game time. We all know that with timeouts and half time that it lasts much longer, but the actual regular playing time is 48 minutes. Think about that – 48 minutes of striving to reach the basketball goal and make some points – requires a lot of energy, doesn’t it? Every armchair athlete knows 48 minutes of motion requires some preparation – a 5-minute mile is a runner’s benchmark – so how many miles does a player run during a… Read more »

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